FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Interactive Media & Public Relations Specialist
Southwest General’s Protection Services Department
Transitions to New Police Department
Thursday, March 28, 2019
10:30 a.m. | Doors Open
11 a.m. | Ceremony Begins
Southwest General’s Main Campus
(Williams Conference Center, Rms. A-D, Basement, L. Jon Schurmeier Pavilion)
18697 Bagley Rd.
Middleburg Hts., OH 44130
Thursday, March 28, 2019, Southwest General’s Protection Services Department will officially
be sworn in as the new “Southwest General Police Department” at a special swearing-in ceremony.
“The hospital’s Protection Services officers, all of whom are
commissioned police officers through the state of Ohio, will be sworn
in and receive a new hospital, police-designated badge,” explains
Tristan Harker, chief, Protection Services, Southwest General.
WHY: With increased cases of workplace violence, it has become industry standard
for hospitals to have their own private Police Department.
“Transitioning to a Police Department adds a level of security to
the hospital that helps us to create a safer environment overall for our
patients, visitors and staff,” said Chief Harker. “Additionally,
it grants us access to law enforcement information and capabilities we
currently do not have, such as the ability to arrest and file charges
as well as run a license plate or driver’s license or check for
active warrants or a criminal history.”
According to Harker, the Middleburg Heights Police Department will continue
to have overriding authority on all cases.
- Swearing-in ceremony by Judge Mark Comstock
- Family members presenting badges to Southwest General officers
Remarks given by:
- William A. Young, Jr., president and chief executive officer, Southwest General
- Mayor Matthew Castelli, Middleburg Heights
If you are interested in attending the event, or to schedule an interview,
please contact Caroline Fienga, public relations specialist, at 440-816-6723 or
About Southwest General
Southwest General is a private, not-for-profit, 352-bed acute care facility
located in Middleburg Heights, Ohio. Founded in 1920, Southwest General
is home to nationally recognized physicians with full access to state-of-the-art
technology. Southwest General has a deep commitment to providing personalized
care and building a healthy future for the patients, families and communities
it serves. For more information, visit swgeneral.com or find Southwest
General on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.